Make time in 2014 for one of these great fall Barbecue Festivals. If you believe that BBQ is serious business you’ll want to head over to one of the October barbecue festivals we offer. From ribs to shoulder to butt, you’re sure to find a BBQ delicacy to please your palate.
Along with barbecuing often comes the other two important “B’s” – Blues and Beer and this month’s festivals are no exception. Good times, loud music, and great food are always guaranteed so come hungry and plan on staying most of the day. Many of the delicious offerings need hours of slow cookin’ and smokin’ and you won’t want to leave before the samples come out. There’s usually plenty of other barbecue-type food on hand too like classic slaws and salads as well as some mighty fine desserts.
If you feel confident about your own barbecuing skills then by all means enter yourself and your grill into the festivities, but you’ll need to sign up early as many of the spots get taken by seasoned local barbecuers aiming for this year’s big prize.
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival - Hart, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Michigan Sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Apple Pie Contest, 5K Fun Run, Craft Show, Classic Auto & Truck Show, Dune Buggy Show, Kid’s Activities, Live Entertainment & Food.
Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX - Fort Bliss, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival - Greenfield, MA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
6th annual event with bbq contest, blues and beer. Admission is $5 with bbq sampling for an additional $5 and beer sampling on Saturday for $20.
Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown - Cleveland, GA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
A barbecue contest and fall festival.
Derby BBQ Festival - Derby, KS - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
People’s Choice Cook-off and kids chocolate chip cookie bake-off.
Kentucky State BBQ Festival - Danville, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
BBQ competition, bean eating contest, bike ride, charity art auction. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off - Decatur, AL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Over 70 professional and amateur BBQ cooking teams compete for prizes. Held the third Saturday in September, this barbeque cook-off at Ingalls Harbor is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and attracts competitors from across the country. Selected as a top ten tourist event in the State of Alabama, festival goers can expect live, nationally known musical acts, children’s activities, and award winning barbeque.
Barbecue on the River - Paducah, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2017
Q in the Lou - St Louis, MO - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
A BBQ pitmasters event featuring legendary pitmasters, great bbq, cooking tutorials, cooking expo, and live local music.
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival - Columbia, MO - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
American Blues Scenes Magazine called it one of the most prominent festivals in the country. Over 40 musicians representing genres of blues, roots, gospel, folk, country, and soul. BBQ, 1/2 marathon and 10K and more at Stephens Lake Park. Started in 2007.
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival - Gaston, SC - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Barbecue competition, parade, live entertainment, kids’ rides.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - Tysons, VA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival - Lyons, GA - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
A barbecue contest with live music, car show and other festivities.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.
Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival - Nelsonville, OH - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2017
BBQ competition, fall foliage train ride and more.
Barbecue Festival - Lexington, NC - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
Free admission for over 100,000 people to the barbecue capital of the world. Great food, live entertainment, and the finest exhibits along with a wine garden, barbecue carnival, sand sculpture make this a fun day.